MCT : The Dōdekal One, spelling out the time

MCT Dodekal

MCT Dōdekal One
Case : titanium or black DLC-treated titanium and 18K pink gold, transparent sapphire crystal and caseback, water-resistant to 30m
Dimensions : 43 x 43mm
Movement : automatic winding via an 18K gold micro-rotor Caliber MCT- 31, 50h power reserve, digital hours, flying minutes
Dial : black, white hourmarkers, pointer moving over a sapphire disk, white digital numerals
Strap : black alligator leather, titanium folding clasp

With the Dōdekal One, MCT Watches is continuing its approach of constantly reinventing the display of time and once again proves that there are no limits to performance and mechanical creativity in the field of watchmaking. To mark its 10th anniversary, Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps is providing a fresh interpretation of its unique vision of time display with a new watch, a new principle for presenting the time, and a new case with finely worked detail. Drawing inspiration from 1970s electronic watches, the Dōdekal One is driven by a new Manufacture movement, Caliber D1. The engineers and watchmakers of MCT Watches have used a complex set of cams and carriages to display the hours MCT Dodekalin the form of segments in the dial center. The 12 generously sized hours numerals appear in turn through a central porthole in a fascinating hybrid mechanical/ digital display.

A closer look

The hours transition is effected by the translation motion of dedicated carriages guided by a circular cam in 2.5 seconds, offering an original and magical sight The minutes are read off by means of a hand placed on a sapphire disk, pointing towards the outside hour-markers and appearing to fly around the central porthole. A governor comparable to those of minute repeater mechanisms serves to ensure optimal management of the energy required for these animations, and thus to literally govern their speed. It contributes to maintaining a 50-hour power reserve for the self-winding D1 movement, which is driven by a gold rotor. The Dōdekal One debuts an elegant cushion-shaped case measuring 43mm along the sides and fitted with an ergonomic back. Its slim satin-brushed bezel tops a case available in two versions. The first is in polished titanium and the second in black DLC-coated titanium with an 18K pink gold caseband. The latter further accentuates the finely crafted lugs of the Dōdekal One case, shaped like twisted leaves.

More about MCT watch brand

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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